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Festus Firecracker Festival

YEA for this year’s Twin City Firecracker Festival in OurFESTUS! Our family always has a blast at this event! Check out our 2023 pictures and

Ooh La La at LaLa’s 

Ooh La La… Just saying those itty-bitty words and letting the luxurious sounds roll off your tongue create a fancy feeling of love and exquisite

The Construction of The Contrarian

Have you ever watched MTV’s popular television show “MTV Cribs?”  The show invites the audience into celebrity homes for a behind-the-scenes, insider-scoop viewing party. Celebrities

Judgment-free Free Time

From age 9 to 17, it was extremely fortunate to be able to attend a weeklong summer camp at Pine Lake Camp in central Wisconsin.


This is the time of year where we are all READY to welcome in a little FUN…right!? ✨ There is so much FUN to be

Precious Pogolino’s

Earlier this week, I posted about the Unbelievable Mystical Magic in The Mine at Bonne Terre. Reminiscing about this day brought me back to where

SUPER Delicious Reviews

The “FOOD” category has been one of the most popular features on my website. Probably because we all like to eat!? And, because I have

Tanglefoot Creamery ANNOUNCED NEW OWNERS!

NEW OWNERS FOR TANGLEFOOT CREAMERY ANNOUNCED! Yeeeaaaahhhh! How exciting that this business will continue on! May OurFESTUS-area community support these courageous and creative folks. Follow them

10 out of 10 Adventures

My sweet son is turning 10 today! In honor of this special, double digit, golden milestone birthday, I wanted to share our top 10 favorite

 Four-Flavor Flight Fun 

Why choose one flavor of ice cream when you have full permission to choose FOUR flavors!?! That’s right…ice cream flights (among other amazing drinks, food,

That Was Easy

Do you remember those red buttons that Staples put out a few years ago? They sat on your desk and you would press it, and

9/28/24 – Jeffco Fire Engine Rally

The Jefferson County Firefighters Association Presents the Thirtieth Annual Jeffco Fire Engine Rally on Saturday, September 28, 2024 APPARATUS PARADE at 9:00 AM + FESTIVITIES from

9/28/24 – Dalmation Show and Contest

30th ANNUAL JEFFCO FIRE ENGINE RALLY DALMATIAN SHOW Saturday, September 28, 2024, 11:00 a.m – (tentative) Herculaneum City Park 776 Joachim Avenue Herculaneum, MO Medallions Awarded

Indulge at Dairy Queen

As the sun shines and you feel the seasons shift, you can also feel a shift within your soul. It’s like, as the air freshens

Fuel with Fun

There is always time to fit in fun, and fuel. Something fun that I have been doing with my children, for years, is to incorporate

Elevated Love

Sending you a sweet, itty-bitty loving wish for you to love yourself a little more today.  Many of us take the holiday of Valentine’s Day

Working To Be Worthy

When we believe we are worthy of goodness in our life, good things happen.  I was recently talking with my 12-year-old daughter, Audrey, about this

Generational Curiosity

Ready or not, the holidays are here. Many of us are blessed with an opportunity to be around others to socially engage. Sometimes, we get

Break Out of a Boxed In Escape Room

A Brilliant Business: Boxed In Escape Rooms: MTV…the “Music” television network influenced the lives of at least three generations of teenagers and young adults. Most

Grateful Gizmo

As I was transitioning my home decor to say goodbye to Halloween, and say hello to my warm and cozy fall decorations last weekend, Gizmo

Happy Halloween from 1988!

???Happy Halloween from 1988! This is 4-year old me, loving my carved pumpkin, rocking my “Dog the Bounty Hunter” mullet next to my older brother,

A Relaxing Date Night to Replicate

☝️? ?  Sweet and savory sushi at Kasabi Japanese Steak, Sushi & Ramen …followed by… ✌️??A chill acoustic set by Elliot Pearson [@thepassinglanestl], accompanied by

Treasured Time vs. Tasks

We are in the middle of summer, or at least the middle of a traditional three-month summer break for those who are in school during

Positive Paradise in Festus, MO

Yesterday was the last day of summer school for Festus students. I am grateful for the entire Festus R-VI School District who cultivated a fun,

Twin City Area Optimist Club

Some words, phrases and concepts just speak to me. I was originally invited to attend a Twin City Area Optimist Club meeting to learn more

ABC’s of Festus Love

Our family completed this fun activity on a break from school and I wanted to share:While school is not in session, our family explored our

For the Love of Music

Last night was an evening full of pride, honoring a school year of commitment and teamwork. Festus Intermediate music students had the opportunity to showcase

Grateful for the Glitch

I had a long “To-Do List” this weekend, fully expecting to check off each itty-bitty task. The “task master/controller” part of me likes everything to

Festus Youth Soccer Camp

Festus Soccer will be hosting another Festus Youth Soccer Camp this year from May 30 – June 1. My children have loved this short and

Frankie Gianino’s in Imperial, MO

Some locally, family-owned and operated restaurants provide multiple reasons for wanting to visit them. Frankie Gianino’s, located just ten minutes north of Festus, is one

The Festus Public Library

With your personality, do you identify as someone who knows what you want and need? Or, do you find yourself more curious and open to


“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” – Phyllis Diller     Did you know that when we smile…when we intentionally curve the

Word of the Day: Fleeting

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” – The Gift, Richard Paul Evans fleet·ing:

Which Team Were You On?

Our childhood experiences and choices shape and mold much of the identity we have today. While I believe in the power of change, there are

Festus Main Street Fun

Our community is so fortunate to have such excellent, entertaining establishments! So many smiles at my daughter’s friends’ 12-year-old birthday party with sweet treats at

Taytro’s Bar & Bistro

Taytro’s Bar and Bistro is truly a triple threat for one’s dining experience as they offer: – Tasty, scrumptious food and delectable drinks – Tremendous,